Bow Down

Have you ever wondered why other religions bow down to their gods but Christians do not? If our God is the one true God, as we claim, why would he deserve less honor than false gods? Personally I never thought about it until I studied Psalm 96. Verse 9 reads:

Worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness; tremble before him, all the earth.

I looked up the word worship in the …

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Lessons from Psalm 96, part 1

Many years ago, when I lived in Mississippi, my church was the designated place for a welcome home reception for soldiers from Camp Shelby returning from Iraq. The women in my church cooked up a feast worthy of hero’s welcome. I volunteered to be a greeter, and I’ve never forgot that experience.

The families of these soldiers spent weeks getting ready for their reunion, no doubt telling everyone that their loved one was coming …

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Which is the contrite heart?

This week I’m teaching Psalm 51 at our women’s Bible study at church. This paradigm of prayers was recorded and preserved for us so that we’d know what to do with our sins—big and small.

It’s a two-fold process: seek forgiveness and seek restoration.

The psalm reaches its climax with these words:

“You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings. The …

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In a Squeeze

The daily stress of 21st century life puts us in a squeeze. Job pressure, time constraints, financial limitations, relationship demands—impossible expectations at every level.

Some days we feel like the walls are closing in on us, we’re backed into a corner, we have no room to breathe. I have felt this recently with decisions and deadlines hanging over me.

I found a wellspring of encouragement in Psalm 4 as I dug deeper into …

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Unshakeable Confidence

Do you ever feel like this picture, that you are either, a worn out fence ready to fall over with one gust of wind, or, like the wheelbarrow leaning against something so unreliable you might both fall over?

We all have days when we feel vulnerable to toppling over, days when circumstances shake our confidence. So where do you go? Where do you run? Is there any stability in this unstable world?

In …

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